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THE POWERS OF DARKNESS

If the sequence of events unfolds as the Communists anticipate, and if
their plans are eventually carried into successful execution, the world, or
most of the world will indeed attain political unity before the close of the
present century.
(Schuman, K L, " International Politics," 1933, p. 841).
For two years there was no doubt in our minds as to how Poland should
be restored. When it was occupied by two countries we believed it would
be restored, and there is no reason now why we should not go on demanding
the restoration of her independence. There has been a change in the last
three years, mainly on account of the misleading and false propaganda
directed against Poles.
There has been no country so much lied about as Poland—so slandered.
There have been no leaders so much abused—why has all that abuse been
allowed in this country? Simply because some people in high places
stated that if there was any reply made on the part of Poland we might
offend Stalin and Molotov. I don't care whether they are offended or not.
(Dollan, P. L., "The Labour Movement and the Polish Crisis," Glasgow,
October, 1944).
. The first Briton to arrive in Russia after she had become one of the
members of the Allied camp received a dampening of his enthusiasm on
the very threshold of the country. The Soviet Union,, isolated for
twenty-five years and now, in addition, barred by the fronts of war, was
more than ever holding aloof from the world. The Russians treated the
newcomers cordially enough/ but it was certainly not the treatment con-
sistent with their status as Allies. There was no attempt on the .part of
the Russians to overcome their ancient distrust of the foreigner, con-
temptuously referred to over the centuries asc Latinian,' ' representative
of the Rotten West/ and in this era,c Capitalist * and * exploiter of the
working class.'
It has already been related how the Soviets changed the slogans on
their banners when they changed their camp, nevertheless it was not easy
to forget that, while they had been with their former ally, they had
violated pacts, attacked the weak, blackmailed the occupied countries by
holding'mock plebiscites, deported the population, shot them by the
thousand, shut them up in ^concentration camps by the hundreds of
thousands, and committed monstrous crimes against the Estonians,
Lithuanians, Latvians, Rumanians and Poles, to the same extent as their
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